NEv COTTEE

UNCUT - - New Albums - WYN­D­hAM WAL­LACE

Bro­ken Flow­ers WONDErFULSOUND 8/10 Man­cu­nian tran­scends his in­spi­ra­tions on sump­tu­ous third That Nev Cottee doesn’t dis­ap­pear un­der the weight of his in­flu­ences is tes­ti­mony to his own im­pres­sive in­di­vid­u­al­ity. His deep, dole­ful voice in­vites com­par­isons to Lee Ha­zle­wood and Leonard Co­hen, while he makes ex­plicit ref­er­ences to Beck’s Sea Change with the lush, pedal steel-suf­fused “Open Eyes”, and to Serge Gains­bourg’s His­toire De Melody Nel­son with “Be On Your Way”’s strings and “No­body’s Fool”’s muf­fled in­stru­men­ta­tion. He sprin­kles th­ese, how­ever, with hints of Spir­i­tu­al­ized’s bliss­ful sen­su­al­ism, and ex­er­cises note­wor­thy re­straint on “Tired Of Love”, al­low­ing Ma­son Neely’s poised ar­range­ments to swell un­hur­riedly through its op­u­lent eight min­utes.

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